Seventeen first-round picks had yet to come to terms when Draft Deadline Day began on Aug. 16. By the time it ended, 14 players had signed for a total of $48.5 million in bonuses and major league salaries. Three first-rounders failed to sign, the most since Charles Johnson, Calvin Murray and Scott Burrell declined to turn pro in 1989.
A quick rundown of what happened with the 17 first-rounder whose negotiations went down to the final day.
Bryce Harper, of, Nationals (No. 1 overall): The most hyped prospect in draft history signed a $9.9 million major league contract that includes a $6.25 million bonus. He broke Mark Teixeira's record for the largest guarantee ever given to a position player in the draft ($9.5 million from the Rangers in 2001), and Harper's contract and bonus are each tied for the third-largest ever.
Jameson Taillon, rhp, Pirates (No. 2): He signed for $6.5 million, the highest bonus ever given to a high schooler. Donavan Tate held the previous record ($6.25 million from the Padres in 2009). Taillon's bonus is eclipsed only by Stephen Strasburg's $7.5 million (from the Nationals in 2009) in draft history.
Manny Machado, ss, Orioles (No. 3): His $5.25 million bonus ranks as the sixth-highest ever for a high schooler.
Drew Pomeranz, rhp, Indians (No. 4): The first college pitcher selected, he signed for $2.65 million, $130,000 over MLB's estimated recommendation for his slot.
Barret Loux, rhp, Diamondbacks (No. 6): As expected, he didn't sign after failing a club physical in July. He reportedly had agreed to an under-slot $2 million bonus before the deal went awry. It's unclear whether he will try to seek relief from MLB considering his unusual situation, try to return to Texas A&M for his senior year or choose another path.
Matt Harvey, rhp, Mets (No.7): His $2.525 million bonus was $347,000 over slot and the largest paid by New York since it gave Mike Pelfrey a team-record $3.55 million (as part of a $5.25 million big league contract) in 2005.
Karsten Whitson, rhp, Padres (No. 9): San Diego made an offer in excess of MLB's slot recommendation ($1,962,000), but it wasn't enough to persuade Whitson to give up a scholarship from Florida. He's the first unsigned first-round pick in franchise history.
Deck McGuire, rhp, Blue Jays (No. 11): His $2 million bonus tied for the second-largest ever for a Toronto draftee, behing only Ricky Romero's $2.4 million in 2005. McGuire's bonus was $209,000 over slot.
Yasmani Grandal, c, Reds (No. 12): Grandal received one of three major league contracts in the 2010 draft. Exact details weren't immediately available, but the total guarantee is roughly $3 million. MLB values his draft slot at $1,719,000.
Dylan Covey, rhp, Brewers (No. 14): In the most shocking development of the day, Covey declined to sign and opted to attend San Diego after being diagnosed recently with Type 1 Diabetes. He's Milwaukee's first unsigned first-round pick since Kenny Henderson in 1991.
Josh Sale, of, Rays (No. 17): Tampa Bay failed to sign first-round pick LeVon Washington a year ago but locked up the top high school hitter in the draft for $1.62 million, a bonus $153,000 over slot.
Kaleb Cowart, 3b, Angels (No. 18): Believed to be one of the tougher signs in the first round, Cowart was the first holdout to agree to terms on Deadline Day. His $2.3 million bonus was $878,000 above MLB's recommendation.
Christian Yelich, 1b, Marlins (No. 23): He signed for $1.7 million, which was $440,000 above MLB's guidelines.
Gary Brown, of, Giants (No. 24): His $1.45 million bonus was $208,000 over slot.
Zack Cox, 3b, Cardinals (No. 25): After sliding past the top 10 picks because of signability, Cox landed a major league deal worth roughly $3 million. Exact details of that contract weren't immediately available. MLB's recommendation for the No. 25 slot is $1,215,000.
Kyle Parker, of, Rockies (No. 26): Colorado offered Parker $2.25 million earlier in the summer to give up football, but he decided to return as Clemson's quarterback this fall. He did sign at the deadline for $1.4 million, and will join the Rockies after the football season. His bonus was $203,000 above slot.
Zach Lee, rhp, Dodgers (No. 28): When Los Angeles selected the supposedly unsignable Louisiana State quarterback recruit, there were some industry insiders that the Dodgers would punt the pick to avoid spending money. Instead, they signed him for $5.25 million, tying Machado for the sixth-highest ever among high schoolers, and blowing away MLB's slot recommendation of $1,134,000. The club will spread the bonus over five years under MLB provisions for two-sport athletes.
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